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POSITIVE. UPLIFTING. INFORMATIVE. RELEVANT. NON-PARTISAN.

HISD TRUSTEE RHONDA SKILLERN-JONES HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE HOUSTON COMMUNITY - P.15

I’m asking you to join Saundra and me in MOVING OUR CITY FORWARD. Join us in focusing on the things that matter to all Houstonians.”

Town Hall Meeting Edition HISD TRUSTEE RHONDA SKILLERN -JONES SPEAKS WITH TEXAS GOV. GREG ABBOTT.

"FEATURED INSIDE are questions and opinions from our “THOUGHT LEADERS” for this edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. We should definitely ask ourselves, and the “2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL ELECTION CANDIDATES” these questions before we go to the polls to vote on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. And please, please, please, don't forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015 and end on Friday, October 30, 2015." -- Aubrey R. Taylor

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Key Candidates Running for Mayor of Houston in 2015

-- ADRIAN GARCIA has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. However, he’s not seeking our vote at this time – we’ll keep you posted.Hopefully he will in the future.

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-- BEN HALL is a 2015 Candidate Running for Mayor of Houston who is asking for our prayers, vote, and support. Ben was the runner-up back in the 2013 Mayoral Election. Ben has run for mayor one time and he finished second in his only attempt to become Houston's mayor.

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-- BILL KING has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. However, he did serve as the Mayor of Kemah, Texas – a small city located in Galveston County with a population of just over 3,334 residents. Not sure if King will ask for our vote at this time.

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ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS BEFORE VOTING ON NOV. 3RD

By Aubrey R. Taylor Houston Business Connections Newspaper

OUR THOUGHTS MATTER! So, in my capacity as the publisher of Houston Business Connections Newspaper, I’ve taken on the daunting task of trying to encourage, empower, inform, and engage voters who plan on participating in the process of electing the next mayor of Houston on Tuesday, November 3, 2015. To this end, I’ve developed “10 QUESTIONS” every voter should ponder before the start of early voting – which is on Monday, October 19, 2015. Please keep in mind that these questions were developed with the 2015 City of Houston Mayor’s Race in mind; but they can also be used in the races for Houston City Council and City of Houston Controller as well. Also, these questions were developed for people of faith; but anyone seeking to make a more informed and empowered voting decision can use these questions as part of their decision making process.

CANDIDATES TO WATCH

As it stands right now: Chris Bell, Bill King, Adrian Garcia, Nguyen Thai Hoc, Sylvester Turner, Demetria Smith, Ben Hall, Victoria Lane, Marty McVey, and Stephen C. Costello are the key candidates running for Mayor of Houston in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. But keep in mind that any other candidate hoping to run for Mayor of Houston, City of Houston Controller, Houston City Council, HISD Board Trustee, or HCC Board Trustee must file to do so before the deadline. The deadline to file for a place on the ballot isn't until Monday, August 24, 2015 -- but the sooner the candidate files: the better off they're going to be in terms of being included in the debates and such. And please don’t forget that early voting will begin on Monday, October 19, 2015, and end on Friday, October 30, 2015 -- very important to remember.

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QUESTION #1: Is the mayoral candidate I’m thinking about supporting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 a person of faith? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Some candidates say one thing on the campaign trail (seemingly just to get elected) then does something altogether different once they’re elected. You may have people try to convince you to ignore your religious beliefs when selecting a mayoral candidate. Some people will even tell you that you are electing a mayor -- not a pastor. But you should ignore these people. Typically, only a "Non-Believer" is going to try to convince a Believer to not use their faith in an important decision making process. ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: If faith isn’t an issue: why do so many politicians make their rounds to churches during campaign season?

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QUESTION #2: Does this mayoral candidate I’m thinking about supporting on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 have the experience and educational background needed to best represent my interests at City Hall and elsewhere? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: In the city of Houston, the mayor wields a lot of power and influence. So typically, you don’t want to place too much power into the hands of a person who’s not adequately prepared to handle it. So as a rule of thumb, education is good. But you should look for candidates who also have the relevant experience that lends itself to enabling that particular candidate to function well under pressure. THE KIND OF CANDIDATE YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR: We should look for someone who can clearly

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-- CHRIS BELL has run for Mayor of Houston one time before. Back in 2001 he ran for Mayor of Houston and finished 3rd behind Lee P. Brown and Orlando Sanchez missing the Runoff Election by a wide margin. Not sure if Bell is going to ask for our vote at this time.

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-- MARTY MCVEY has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. He’s not seeking our vote at this time – nor do we expect for him to do so in the future.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- NGUYEN THAI HOC has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. He’s not seeking our vote at this time – nor do we expect for him to do so in the future.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- STEPHEN C. COSTELLO has never run for Mayor of the City of Houston before. He’s not seeking our vote at this time. However, we do expect for him to do so.

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-- SYLVESTER TURNER has run for Mayor of Houston twice already and has lost both times. He ran for Mayor back in 2003 and failed to make the runoff. In 2003 he finished 3rd behind Bill White and Orlando Sanchez in the General Election. Turner also ran for mayor of Houston back in 1991 when he lost to Bob Lanier in the Runoff Election. As of today, Sylvester Turner is not asking for our vote in this election. Not sure if Sylvester Turner will decide to do so in the future.

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-- VICTORIA LANE is a 2015 Candidate Running for Mayor of Houston who is asking for our prayers, vote, and support in the 2015 Mayoral Election. Victoria Lane was the 4th place finisher back in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election. Lane has run for mayor once.

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Ben Hall Is Asking for Our Prayers, Vote and Support! FROM BEN HALL FOR MAYOR CAMPAIGN

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Dear Neighbor:

I am Ben Hall and I want to be Mayor of this great city! Many of you probably know me, but for those of you who don’t, I am a husband, father, businessman and attorney. I left the private sector during Mayor Bob Lanier’s term, to lead the City Attorney’s office. During that time, I gained the skills and knowledge to move our city forward, by using private sector experience to solve problems. I learned from Mayor Bob that in order to lead this City it requires a focused and committed leader. Saundra and I love Houston and the opportunity it has given us to be a positive force in the lives of others. We want to continue that by giving back to a city that has given so much to us.

Our streets need to be repaired; our neighborhoods need to be protected; Houstonians need jobs; and our city debt must be addressed. We can’t do this if we don’t work together. As your next Mayor, my focus will be on our City’s basic needs, and to make sure that businesses can flourish without the harsh penalty of more taxes and fees.

I am asking you to join Saundra and me in moving our city forward.

Sincerely,

Benjamin L. "Ben" Hall, III 2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston Photo: Ben and his wife of 34 years, Saundra Hall

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Join us in focusing on the things that matter to ALL Houstonians. I am asking for your prayers, your votes and your thoughts on how we can move Houston forward. .


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HERE'S A QUESTION VOTERS SHOULD ASK ALL THE CANDIDATES: Voters should ask candidates what are their top three priorities for the next two years for our city and how they plan to achieve those goals. – This statement was submitted by Farrah Martinez a Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer in Houston, Texas. Farrah Martinez PLLC, is dedicated to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve through experienced, aggressive and smart representation. You may call (713)853-9296 to speak with Attorney Farrah Martinez today! So don't wait another minute. Set up an appointment by calling (713)853-9296 for a free consultation today!

HERE'S SOMETHING EVERY VOTER SHOULD THINK ABOUT: Since I only have one vote and it matters, how do I want to invest it so that I receive the maximum return for it. In other words, WHO will help me make my vote mean something in my life and community? – This question was submitted by Rhonda SkillernJones the HISD Board Trustee for District II. She's running for re-election in the upcoming General Election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “PLEASE SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE US, AND OUR COMMUNITY

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HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: Would you disregard the First Amendment and subpoena the sermons of pastors? – This question was submitted by Briscoe Cain, president of The Cain Law Firm. Briscoe Cain is also a candidate running for State Representative for House District 128 in the 2016 Presidential Election. The 2016 Republican Primary will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2015.

“PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR COMMUNITY” “PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR VOTE, PATRONAGE, SUPPORT.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

ATTORNEY BEN HALL

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN

JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE

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READER ENDORSEMENTS WILL BE POSTED ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015 AT: WWW.AUBREYRTAYLOR.BLOGSPOT.COM HERE'S AN OPINION ON THE UPCOMING ELECTION: Aubrey, I am friends with Carl Pittman. He's running for HC Sheriff. I don't think the mayoral position in Houston has to be a battle between party lines. I would like to see a businessman, however we tried that with Lanier. Heck, I just want someone who's honest. Houston deserves the best. I like King and Bell thus far. I don't know much about the others. -- This statement was submitted by Ed Kampf via our facebook network. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

QUESTION FOR ALL THE CANDIDATES TO THINK ABOUT: What initiative are you willing to legislate for Women Veterans who served honorably in the military and that suffered various related traumas? The results are joblessness, homelessness, and lack of medical benefits. – This question was submitted by Denise V. Singleton a reader of Houston Business Connections Newspaper. Denise is relatively new to the Houston area.

“PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR COMMUNITY” “PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR VOTE, PATRONAGE, SUPPORT.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

VICTORIA LANE

ATTORNEY FARRAH MARTINEZ

CAPTAIN PAUL J. MATTHEWS

ATTORNEY CARROLL G. ROBINSON

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HERE'S A THOUGHT TO CONSIDER BEFORE VOTING: I look for a candidate that respects the religious liberties and the freedom of conscience of all Houstonians. – This thought was submitted by Judge John Schmude (247th Family District Court in Harris County). Judge Schmude and his family are grateful for our continued prayers, love, vote, and continued support. He won’t be up for re-election again until the November 2018, Midterm Elections. Judge Schmude believes in fair and impartial justice. For more information visit: www.FairandImpartialJustice.com

“PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR COMMUNITY” “PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR VOTE, PATRONAGE, SUPPORT.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

ATTORNEY BEN HALL

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN

JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE

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READER ENDORSEMENTS WILL BE POSTED ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2015 AT: WWW.AUBREYRTAYLOR.BLOGSPOT.COM HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: Being a City where celebrities are born, we have secured the fact that legacies begin here: what plans do you have to grow the quality of life and retain the talent we attract, without compromising the economic growth of our majority minority communities? -- This question was submitted by Dionelle "Don" Davis, president of the Don Davis Luxury Group (DDLG) Texas Real Estate License #0555553. Call Don directly at (936)494-5500. And don't forget: When Ready to Sell Your Home -- "It's A 'Don' Deal" when you deal with Don Davis. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015.

HERE'S SOMETHING YOU MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT: The question voters should ask themselves is this: In this election we are essentially hiring the CEO of a $5 billion entity called the City of Houston, so which candidate has the right blend of business and executive experience to get city government back to basics — fixing the streets, catching the crooks, and balancing the budget? -- This question was submitted by Bill King one of the 2015 Candidates running for Mayor of Houston. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3rd.

“PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR COMMUNITY” “PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE OUR VOTE, PATRONAGE, SUPPORT.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

VICTORIA LANE

ATTORNEY FARRAH MARTINEZ

CAPTAIN PAUL J. MATTHEWS

ATTORNEY CARROLL G. ROBINSON

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“I’M ASKING FOR YOUR PRAYERS, VOTE & SUPPORT”

Carroll Will Serve As The Taxpayers’ Voice “As City Controller, I will not only be the financial watchdog of city government and The Taxpayers’ Voice at City Hall, but also, under my leadership, The Controller’s Office will be The Solution Center of City Government.” -CARROLL G ROBINSON, 2015 CANDIDATE FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER

“WE’RE ALL ENDORSING CARROLL G. ROBINSON FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER” -- Ruben Davis (FORT BEND CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2)

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 VOTE EARLY MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH THROUGH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

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Carol Mims Galloway (COUNCILWOMAN AND HISD BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS), Edgar Colon (HARRIS COUNTY SPORTS & CONVENTION CORPORATION CHAIRMAN), Eva Loredo (HCC TRUSTEE DISTRICT VIII), Fred Zeidman (FINANCE CHAIR), Hector C. Carreño (MANAGING PARTNER OF CAPWEST STRATEGIES), Hon. Chase Untermeyer (UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR EMERITUS), Jarvis Johnson (HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER EMERITUS), State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; 141ST DISTRICT), State Rep. Borris Miles (TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; 146ST DISTRICT), State Rep. Ron Reynolds (TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 27). JOIN US IN SUPPORTING CARROLL G. ROBINSON IN THE RACE FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONGROLLER. Please take a moment to visit: www.carrollgrobinson.com

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Bishop Kirkland Endorses Carroll G. Robinson in the 2015 Race for City of Houston Controller

“If people of faith are unwilling to stand with leaders who are willing to stand up, speak out and fight for the things of importance to our community, then who will?”

Bishop T. Larry Kirkland

Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church 4519 Admiralty Way, Suite 205 Marina del Rey, CA 90295 Email: bishoptkirkland@aol.com

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oday, I am writing to personally ask you to support Carroll G. Robinson for Houston City Controller. Carroll is a member of my family, and a person of faith committed to the principles of caring for the least fortunate in our communities. Carroll is a former At-Large Houston City Council Member who served on the city’s Fiscal Affairs Committee and was Chairman of the Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure Committee. As a Community College Trustee, Carroll helped establish Texas Academic College Scholarship Day to help encourage more young people to stay in school and graduate from high school on time and college and workforce ready. Carroll is an active member of the community. Carroll is a champion of small business owners and low income Houstonians who need An Opportunity To Do Better for themselves and their families. Carroll has fought to ensure that our children get access to a quality education. Carroll has fought to ensure those small businesses that have historically been de-

Please stand with Carroll.

To learn more about Carroll’s campaign, visit www.carrollgrobinson.com or contact Carroll directly at 832-863-8092. Thank you and God Bless.

Sincerely,

nied a seat at the table get a fair shake and a level playing field. If you want someone who is not afraid to lead, and will stand up and speak out for what is right and just, support and elect Carroll G. Robinson Houston City Controller.

Bishop T. Larry Kirkland Fifth Episcopal District of the A.M.E. Church

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “PLEASE SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE US, AND OUR COMMUNITY

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Judge Elaine H. Palmer is Ready to Continue Her Service as Judge of the 215th Civil District Court

2016 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Tuesday, March 1, 2016

2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

"As Judge of the 215th Civil District Court, I have been proud of what we have achieved in four years. When I ran in 2012 I campaigned on reforming our judicial system. I now need your help to continue serving you, the taxpayer, as Judge of the 215th Civil District court." - Judge Elaine H. Palmer

Elaine Palmer's Reforms for Civil District Court #215

I will bring disciplined scheduling to the bench. No longer will there be large docket calls in the 215th with lawyers sitting around for hours wasting time watching a judge call case after case ahead of theirs. I will require that litigants who ask for a hearing to provide me with their estimate of how long the hearing will require.

The citizens of Harris County paid for cutting edge technology when they built the new courthouse. Every litigant, every counsel (both local and out of town) will be able attend hearings in person or via telephone or via video conference. There is no one size fits all justice. I will conduct initial case management conferences in every newly filed case and will set trials and issue Docket Control Orders after consultation with the parties about their expectations and particularized discovery needs.

Litigants should not be forced to incur mediation/arbitration expenses when there is very little opportunity for success. I will order mediation or other dispute resolution proceedings only if the parties agree that it can be beneficial. While I believe that mediation and other alternative dispute resolution procedures can be useful for resolving cases, I will not require it when any party does not want to participate. ----------------------------------------------------------------Paid Political Ad Elaine H. Palmer Campaign in compliance with the voluntary limits of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act, M.M. Hill, Treasurer | PO Box 131392 | Houston | TX | 77219-1392

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HERE'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT: Which candidate has the relevant experience to hit the ground running in day 1 to tackle some of the City's most pressing issues like the forecasted FYI 2017 budget deficit. -- This question was submitted by Laurie Robinson, a 2015 Candidate running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #4 seat in the upcoming election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election Day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

HERE'S SOMETHING TO ASK YOURSELF ABOUT EACH CANDIDATE: Does the candidate have the education, experience, knowledge, and a proven track record of supporting policies that will bring about progressive reform and empowerment for my community? -- This question was submitted by Andrea Ward-Conway via our facebook network.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT VISIT: www.mega-fest.org

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HERE'S SOMETHING WE MAY WANT TO THINK ABOUT: Who will be the very BEST Mayor for ALL of Houston; serving with utmost integrity, vision, fairness, and without corruption, compromise, or lack of character. -- This question was submitted by Keryl L. Douglas a well-known Houston area attorney, and past President of the NAACP Houston Branch.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT VISIT: www.mega-fest.org

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HERE'S A QUESTION WE SHOULD EACH ASK OURSELF: Who actually has ideas that will move Houston forward? – This question was submitted by Chris Bell one of the 2015 Candidates running for Mayor of Houston. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.


EARLY VOTING: Oct. 19th - Oct. 30th

MEET RHONDA SKILLERN-JONES

Rhonda Skillern-Jones was elected to the

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, Nov. 3rd

www.rhondaforhisd.com Supporters

Rhonda Skillern-Jones has made a significant impact on the Houston community. Her leadership, support, and involvement with local organizations is astonishing. The Rhonda Skillern-Jones Campaign is proudly endorsed by the following people and organizations:

US Congress

Sheila Jackson-Lee, Congressional District 18

State Senators John Whitmire, District 15 Sylvia Garcia, District 6

State Representatives Dr. Alma A. Allen Harold V. Dutton, Jr. Borris L. Miles Ron Reynolds Senfronia Thompson Sylvester Turner Armando Walle

Houston City Councilmembers

Councilmember Dwight Boykins Councilmember Ed Gonzalez Councilmember Larry V. Green

City Controller Ronald C. Green Jewel McGowen Fomer Councilmember Jolanda Jones

Houston ISD

Dr Billy Reagan Hon. Carol Galloway, former HISD Trustee and Councilmember

HCCS

Trustee Zeph Capo Trustee Carroll G. Robinson

North Forest ISD

Former Trustee Albert Lemons Former Trustee Maxine Lane-Seals Houston Federation of Teachers Gayle Fallon

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Chief Thaddeus Seals, Former NFISD Trustee Fort Bend Constable Ruben Davis, Precinct 2 Harris County Constable Alan Rosen, Precinct 1 Attorney Melvin Hughes Attorney Rusty Hardin Attorney Chris Trittico Rev. Reginal Lillie Hon. Howard Jefferson, HCDE Trustee, Position 7

Board of Education in 2011. She was sworn in as Trustee in January 2012 and served as board secretary in 2012 and 2013, and First Vice President in 2014. She also represents HISD on the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Board of Directors. Ms. Skillern-Jones, a wife and mother of five children, is a native Houstonian. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in clinical sociology from Texas Southern University. She is a member of the Houston ISD Advisory Committee, Parent Engagement Committee, Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Committee, Budget Advisory Committee, and Gifted and Talented Committee. A fulltime HISD volunteer for 24 years, she has been on five PTO/PTA boards in various capacities including president. She was legislative chair of the PTA Council, a national liaison for Parents for Public Schools, and a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In recognition of her community and district efforts to enhance the lives of Houston children and citizens, she has received numerous achievement awards and honors, and holds membership in several civic and community organizations.

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Highlights from the 2015 Mayoral Forum at the River Oaks Country Club

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I AM NOT A POLITICIAN. I am an independent businessman who has put his money where his community is. We need change! Career politicians need to go! The Politicians are in the way of progress!"

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FIXING OUR STREETS

Houston is a first class city and we deserve first class streets. As Mayor, Ben will make fixing our streets in a timely manner a priority; synchronizing our traffic lights; and working with regional partners to improve traffic conditions. Sitting in traffic means spending less time with your family. Houstonians deserve much more than we have received from city government.

FISCAL RESTRAINT

In tough economic times, we must do more with less. Ben will work to rein in wasteful spending that has occurred at City Hall and work to fix our city’s pension problem. Ben is a business owner and understands the city must be run like a business. He will protect your hard earned tax dollars.

BIOGRAPHY

I’m asking you to join Saundra and me in MOVING OUR CITY FORWARD. Join us in focusing on the things that matter to all Houstonians.”

Ben Hall is a husband, father, and business owner who understand the challenges Houstonians face each day. Ben has been married to Saundra Turner Hall for 33 years. They have two sons, Ben IV and Zachary Hall.

BEN’S EDUCATION

University of South Carolina (B.A.) Duke Divinity School (M. Div.) Duke University Grad School (Ph.D.) Harvard (J.D.)

BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

Ben is the founder and owner of The Hall Law Firm where he fights for average citizens every day. Ben and Saundra are also the owners of KOCH Radio, the oldest black owned radio station in the Greater Houston Region. They are also owners of KOCH TV and several other businesses.

BEN'S COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND EXPERIENCE

Examples of how I have put my money and energy where the community is: 1) Saved SHAPE Community Center from a predatory creditor; 2) Saved the Fourth Ward Slave brick streets from the city destroying them; 3) Bought the MLK statue for McGregor Park when the City and METRO wouldn't guarantee the statue would look like Dr. King if put out for bid; and 4) Saved the historic black talk radio station, KCOH, from financial ruin and collapse...and I fight in court everyday to obtain justice for those who have been taken advantage of by the powerful...”

Life Member, NAACP Sustaining Member Harris County Democratic Party City Attorney, City of Houston (1992-94) Former Board Member, Red Cross, Houston Chapter Board Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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FROM KERYL L. DOUGLAS

“We Salute Hon. Paulette Brown, for Becoming the First African American Woman ABA President

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PAULETTE BROWN - PRESIDENT-ELECT, AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION -- 2014 – 2015

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aulette Brown, Partner and co-chair of the firmwide Diversity & Inclusion Committee at Locke Lord LLP, is president-elect of the American Bar Association. Brown has held a variety of leadership positions within the ABA. She has been a member of the ABA House of Delegates since 1997 and is a former member of the ABA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee as well as the Governance Commission. While serving on the Board of Governors, Brown chaired the Program, Planning and Evaluation Committee. Brown has served on the Commission on Women in the Profession and was a co-author of "Visible Invisibility: Women of Color in Law Firms.” Brown also chaired the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice (now Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice) and is a past co-chair of the Commission

on Civic Education in our Nation's Brown has been recognized by the National Law Schools. Brown served on the SecJournal as one of "The 50 Most Influential Minortion of Legal Education’s Council on ity Lawyers in America” and by the New Jersey Legal Education and Admissions to Law Journal as one of the “prominent women and the Bar and its Executive Commitminority attorneys in the State of New Jersey." tee. Brown joined the ABA Young She has received the New Jersey Medal from the Lawyers Division in 1976. She beNew Jersey State Bar Foundation and currently came active in the Section of Litigaserves on its Board of Trustees. tion in 1995, which has continued to Brown has repeatedly been named as a New Jerbe her section “home” ever since. sey Super Lawyer and by US News as one of the She is a former member of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial PAULETTE BROWN Fund for Justice and Education litigation. In 2009, Brown was a recipient of the (FJE), FJE President's Club and a Spirit of Excellence Award from the ABA CommisLife Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. sion on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. In Brown has held many positions throughout her ca2011, she was honored with the Margaret Brent Women reer, including as in-house counsel to a number of ForLawyers of Achievement Award by the ABA Commission on tune 500 companies and as a municipal court judge. In Women in the Profession. private practice, she has focused on all facets of labor Brown earned her J.D. at Seton Hall University and employment and commercial litigation. School of Law and her B.A. at Howard University.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “WE ALSO SALUTE THE HONORABLE PAULETTE BROWN” Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.

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HERE'S A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: What is your position on the HERO Ordinance? If you oppose it, what will you do to have it repealed? If you support the ordinance, why do you support it? – This question was submitted by Bishop K.J.Brown the Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) at Bishop K.J. Brown Ministries. You can hear Bishop K.J. Brown on Sundays@6:00p.m. and Wednesday’s @7:30p.m. LISTEN TO: rhemagospelradio.com. You can email Bishop K.J. Brown at: bishopkjbrown@gmail.com.

HERE'S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF ABOUT EACH CANDIDATE RUNNING FOR MAYOR IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: Education remains the highest civil rights priority of the NAACP, voters should be asking whether the candidate of choice has a true urgency in turning around our failing school system, including eliminating the educational disparities that exist within HISD. – This statement was submitted by Yolanda Smith, the executive director at the NAACP Houston Branch.


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HERE’S A QUESTION FOR ALL THE 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL CANDIDATES

HERE'S A QUESTION YOU SHOULD ASK YOURSELF BEFORE GETTING BEHIND ANY CANDIDATE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: What is your (Candidate's) plan to help in preventing the city from going further into debt? -- This question was submitted by Trebor Gordon a 2015 Candidate running for the Houston City Council At-Large Position #1 seat in the upcoming election. Early voting begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and ends on Friday, October 30, 2015. Election day is on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

HERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS EVERY VOTER SHOULD ASK BEFORE SELECTING A CANDIDATE IN THE UPCOMING ELECTION: What have they (the candidate) done or contributed previously for Houston? Who is this person? -This question was submitted by Renee Duhon via our facebook network.

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A QUESTION FOR THE 2015 MAYORAL CANDIDATES: What is your vision for Houston 20 years from now? -- This question was submitted by Sean Roberts, a well-known Houston area attorney.

HERE’S SOMETHING VOTERS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE GOING TO THE POLLS

In a Mayoral Candidate (as a voter) I look TO CAST MY VOTE for someone who is a product of the City of Houston. Someone who has experienced, witnessed, and walked in the same shoes as the people of the City of Houston. Someone with the passion to “WANT TO”, and the ‘FEARLESS WILL” to make effective change that ALL residents of Houston will respect according to the rights of the People, Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations, and Laws that will allow taxpayers to see and have more confidence in the transparency, and accountability that’s being applied and enforced at: City Hall, the Houston Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Houston Independent School District. -- This statement was submitted by Darlene “Koffey” Smith a 2015 Candidate running for HISD Board Trustee for District II in the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 General Election.

HERE'S A QUESTION FOR THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES: How do you plan to equalize tax based service delivery? This question was submitted by Charles X White, chairman of THE PEOPLE’S PAC (TPPAC) located in Houston, Texas. TPPAC was formed because the existing political model for African Americans is broken and in many cases never worked according to White.

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1. Find out who owned the dog or animal that bit you or your child. If possible, get their full name, address and telephone number. 2. Take pictures of the injuries caused by the dog or animal. It is important to take pictures of all of the injuries not just the worst of the worst.

3. Make a list of the names of anyone who saw the dog or animal attack. If possible, get their telephone numbers and addresses. 4. If you know the pet owner's neighbors, make a list of the neighbors. Often, neighbors have information regarding the dog or animal's past bad behavior and dangerous tendencies. 5. File a report with your local pet control agency. For the City of Houston Animal Control contact (713) 547-9400 or for Harris County Animal Control contact (281) 999-3191. 6. Hire a lawyer. Dog bite and animal

attack claims are serious. You need a lawyer who can assist you with your animal attack claim and deal with the insurance company. If the pet owner, owns a home, then their homeowner's insurance policy, will likely cover dog bites and attacks by domesticated animals. Some dangerous dogs and animals might be excluded from the policy. An experienced dog bite lawyer will provide you with the help you need to receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of wages or earnings, and any other actual damages you have suffered. Houston Dog Bite Lawyer Farrah

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MISSOURI CITY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN WILL BE UP FOR RE-ELECTION AGAIN IN MAY OF 2016

MAYOR OWEN LOVES MISSOURI CITY

This power shot is from the press conference recently hosted by U.S. Congressman Al Green on Housing and Banking issues. PICTURED: Ruben Davis (Precinct 2 Constable for Fort Bend County), State Rep. Ron Reynolds (House District 27), Congressman Al Green (9th Congressional District of Texas), Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (5th Congressional District of Missouri), Mayor Allen Owen (Mayor of Missouri City), Commissioner Grady Prestage (Fort Bend County Commissioner for Precinct 2), and Council Member Don Smith (Missouri City Council Member for District B).This page is made possible by Mayor Allen Owen. Mayor Owen will be up for re-election in May of 2016.

On Monday, June 15, the annual Juneteenth Scholarship Golf Tournament was held at the City Centre at Quail Valley in Missouri City, Texas. A full list of highlights from this year's events can bee seen at www.MCJCF.com

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ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL: I mean, don’t be disrespectful; but in your quiet time, try to find out if they’ve (the candidate) done anything to indicate that they value you, your family, community, and the issues you deem to be important.

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QUESTION # 5: Does this mayoral candidate have a diverse campaign team reflective of the cultural diversity and makeup of the body of people living in the City of Houston? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Not all; but there are some individuals who seek elected office to further their personal agenda. FIND OUT WHY THEY ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE AND WHO'S BACKING THEIR CAMPAIGN: The last thing Houston needs is for a person with a selfish agenda to buy their way into the mayor’s office. This wouldn’t be good for us. Houston is a diverse City; and any viable candidate worthy of your vote and support should embrace our diversity.

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QUESTION #6: Who are the other 2015 City of Houston mayoral candidates attacking; or talking about the most? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Politics can be a dirty business. I mean, it can be downright nasty -- despicable even. In some cases, political candidates will do whatever it takes to win -- and I do mean whatever it takes. So typically, long before opinion polls are released, candidates/campaigns have a pretty good idea of who their chief competitor/competitors are going to be in a race. SO PAY ATTENTION: If you sit back, observe, and identify who the other candidates are spending money to run negative attack ads on – you just might be able to identify who those candidates perceived the front-runner in the race to be.

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QUESTION #7: Does the mayoral candidate I’m thinking about voting for on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 understand the importance of being supportive, sensitive, knowledgeable, and attentive to the needs of a populous as culturally diverse as the City of Houston? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: I’ve said it before, Houston is an International City! LOOK FOR A PERSON WITH VISION: The Mayor of Houston should be open-minded and receptive to every citizen -and definitely have vision. So ask questions. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking a candidate if they’ve ever had any diversity training -- or plan to do so in the future.

#8

QUESTION #8: What kind of money is the mayoral candidate I’m thinking about voting for on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 used to handling? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: The last thing Houston needs is someone who doesn’t understand the numbers game. Houston does not need a mayor who can't count; and doesn't understand the concept of restraint. KEEP THIS IN MIND: Some people deal in hundreds of dollars; some in thousands of dollars; some in tens of thousands; some in millions; and some in billions. The mayor of Houston needs to be someone comfortable with having conversations about what to do with billions of dollars.

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articulate their position; deal with dignitaries from other nations; work well with local community leaders; and broker business deals that are in the best interest of all Houstonians.

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QUESTION # 3: Will this mayoral candidate I’m thinking about voting for on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 be working for me (the voter) or special interest groups, his/her donors, political action committees, or only those who supported their campaign should they get elected? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: In reality, the mayor of Houston is elected to two year terms by the citizens of Houston -- and they can't serve more than three (two year terms). So, this almost puts the mayor at a disadvantage of sorts. Let me explain: While on one hand the mayor has to handle the people’s business; on the other they really don’t ever get the opportunity to relax. In essence, the campaigning never stops. SO HOUSTON DOES NOT NEED A CANDIDATE WHO'S BEEN BOUGHT BY ANYONE: This is why you want to look for the candidate who will, for the most part, not be beholden to special interest groups, donors, PACS, other politicians, or the like.

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QUESTION #4: Does this mayoral candidate have a proven track-record of supporting issues, concerns, and policies that are important to me, and the well-being of my family? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: Most politicians are very persuasive people. So don’t just listen to their promises.

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QUESTION #9: Is this mayoral candidate I’m thinking about supporting simply looking for a job? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION: There are a lot of “POLITICAL ENTREPRENEURS” running around out here. Every time you look up they’re placing their name on the ballot to run for something. Almost like playing the lottery – they’re in a sense, simply hoping to get lucky. THE 2015 CITY OF HOUSTON MAYORAL ELECTION IS NON-PARTISAN: There’s no straight-ticket voting in this election – so that pretty much takes care of the getting lucky part on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.

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QUESTION #10: Has this mayoral candidate I'm thinking about voting for actually reached out to ask me for my vote? WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTIONS: You would be surprised at the games that are sometimes played in political circles. There are actually people in Houston who are sitting back and trying to determine who runs for office – and when it’s their turn to run. NO KIDDING!!! Back room deals are cut all the time in politics. After all, it’s a high-stakes winner take all game these guys are playing. SO DON'T JUMP ONTO BANDWAGONS: Make them ask for your vote directly! Would you marry someone who asked for your hand in marriage through someone else? I think not -- so make them ask for your vote on Election Day!

BE BLESSED

“My prayer is that you would be blessed, inspired, and empowered as you ready yourself to make a more informed voting decision in the 2015 City of Houston Mayoral Election. And DON’T FORGET THIS: “When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” PROVERBS 29:2 in the New Living Translation of the Bible.” -- Aubrey R. Taylor

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Higher Dimension Church www.higherd.net

Pastor Terrance H. Johnson, frequently referred to as Pastor J, is the founder and senior pastor of Higher Dimension Church. His education derives from American Baptist College located in Nashville, TN, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Sociology. Pastor J is known throughout the country as a premier preacher with extraordinary gifts in biblical exposition, interpretation, and proclamation according to the Higher Dimension Church website. His wife First Lady Torsha Johnson, is spiritually gifted in leading women to the heart of God by developing and nurturing dynamic women's ministries. They are both native Houstonians and have three sons, Terrance, Thailan, and Theophilus, and one daughter, Tirzah. Pastor Johnson and First Lady Johnson uphold and exemplify strong family values; believing the church is only as strong as its families. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Brentwood Baptist Church www.brentwoodbaptist.org

The Reverend Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff has been married to the former Doris Ernestine Gardner since 1980. He is a native of Lumberton, North Carolina; where in 1962, he began his Christian journey by uniting with The Mt. Sinai United Holy Church of Lumberton. Seven years later, he answered his Call to Ministry while attending Morehouse College. He served as pastor of the Cobb Memorial United Holy Church in Atlanta, Georgia for eight years. Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff was elected as pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church of Houston, Texas in February 1980 and by the year 2000 had grown it from a 500 member congregation to a mega-church of 12,000. The congregation has reached a plateau of more than 7,000 members with over 5,000 worshipers attending its two Sunday morning worship services. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

St John’s Church

www.stjohnsdowntown.org

Juanita Rasmus is a Spiritual Director with a desire to see a merger between the contemplative life and active life in society. Rudy Rasmus is an author, and global humanitarian with a passion for out-

reach to the world’s poorest citizens. Together they co-pastor the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 9,000 members (30% were formerly homeless) in 21 years into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew. The Rasmus’ attribute the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent inhouse poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

began her career in her family’s business. Now as a supportive wife, mother of two children and a co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, Victoria is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere. She is committed to helping women, children and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential in Christ. Victoria has recently released a new book from Simon and Schuster, called Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy and Whole. In the book, Victoria offers today’s busy modern woman a simple and practical plan to help them embrace joy and live life to the fullest. She speaks directly to women harried by the pressures. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

www.second.org

Dr. H. Edwin Young was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12. While in college at the University of Alabama , he felt led by God to become a pastor, and transferred to Mississippi College to continue his education. Dr. Young's preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Car-

Windsor Village United Methodist Church www.kingdombuilders.com

Kirbyjon H. Caldwell is Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Under the leadership of Caldwell since 1982, Windsor Village Church member-

olina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas to become the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues as senior pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to over 60,000 members on 5 church campuses. Dr. Young served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and has authored many books including The 10 Commandments of Marriage, The 10 Commandments of Parenting, and Healing Broken America. Dr. Young and his wife, Jo Beth, have three sons, all in ministry: Ed (author, speaker and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas), Ben (author, speaker and associate pastor at Second Baptist Church, Houston), and Cliff (Creative Media and Communications director and associate pastor for Second Baptist Church, Houston, and founding leader of the contemporary Christian group Caedmon’s Call.) Dr. Young and Jo Beth have eleven grandchildren who light up their lives. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Lakewood Church

www.lakewoodchurch.com

Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000-seat home — the former Compaq Center. It is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers God’s message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world according to the Lakewood Church website. A life-long Houstonian, Victoria

Second Baptist Church

ship has increased from 25 members to more than 16,000, making it one of the largest Protestant Churches in the country. As a result of Caldwell’s effective social entrepreneurship, both Caldwell and the Windsor Village Church Family have been featured extensively in national and international print and broadcast media, including U.S. News & World Report, the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Wall Street Journal and the CBS Evening News. Caldwell was included in Newsweek’s “Century Club”, the publication’s list of 100 people to watch as America moved into the 21st century. .

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Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church www.wheeleravebc.org

The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, the third child born to the late Mr. Rogers Cosby and Mrs. Bobbie J. Cosby, serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. A proud native of Chicago, Illinois and a product of Emmanuel Baptist Church where Dr. L.K. Curry served as pastor, Cosby received


Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of

Grace Church www.grace.tv

Pastor Steve Riggle is the founding pastor of Grace church, the president of

Grace International, and executive member of the Houston Area Pastors Council. Steve holds a Masters Degree from Oral Roberts University and a Doctorate from The Kings University. Becky has led women’s ministry in the local church, taught bible studies, and speaks at conferences and women’s events across the United States and internationally. Her desire is to encourage women of all ages to grow in God’s word and to live out their God given purpose. Steve and Becky take every opportunity to be with their family and friends. A motion picture is in production that chronicles the unmistakable hand of God moving in Steve and Becky’s life during a mission trip in the Philippines where they were taken hostage in an attempted prison break and were the only survivors.

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“Men have no place inside the women’s restroom with us. Vote for me, and we will do something about Mayor Annise Parker’s HERO Ordinance.” - Victoria Lane

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.”

A VOTE FOR VICTORIA LANE IS A VOTE TO DO SOMETHING! VICTORIA WILL: Amend the HERO ordinance to clearly define the difference between a man and a woman; Reduce Houston’s debt; Make Houston the ‘Tourism Capital” of the South; Modernize and repair our streets; Improve the Education System; Employ local contractors for City governmental projects;Make sure every HPD Officer is equipped with a ‘Body Camera”, and work diligently and tirelessly to make Houston more friendly to our environment.

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‘“We need ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE’ and ‘MORAL LEADERSHIP’ in the driver’s seat at City Hall.” --Victoria Lane, 2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston

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July 2015 Town Hall Meeting e-Edition of Houston Business Connections Newspaper  

A few of the people featured in this “TOWN HALL EDITION" of Houston Business Connections Newspaper are: Laurie Robinson, Briscoe Cain, Farra...

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